Nonnow’s art is influenced heavily by Japanese mythology and traditional Japanese elements. Her studio space is in Tokyo and participates in galleries from all over. I sit down with her to discuss her new works, creative process, films and more. Read below for the full Q&A…
Your work has a very gentle yet serious tone to it. Tell us a bit about your creative process.
Images that I want to paint usually come when information of the real time and the filed in the past are linked. In addition, I am introvert and touchy, however, I think I would like to express even those depressed feelings or intense emotions beautifully. I think that brings comfort for me.
How does nudity aid you in getting your message across with your artwork?
The reason why I draw many people in [the] nude is to try to depict the human being’s consciousness of catching any stimulation from outside and exposing something from his or her inner side.
What significance does drawing the female form mean for you? Do you find drawing men less interesting?
It is easy for me to draw woman’s body because I am a woman. I’ve already worked on some of the man’s figure, but my intention to the model of the man’s figure is too strong to draw, so I haven’t worked many of them.
I read that you had some courier troubles with some of your pieces. Could you tell us about the incident and if it will jeopardize future shows or how you transport art in the future?
I have the experience to send the artwork by using EMS to France and to the United States in the past. To hold the solo exhibition in the United States, a large amount of works were sent. In that case, there was no big trouble as you said though there were some uneasy things for transportation. I can trust courier services because they can track the parcels. I will transport it in a similar way in the future.
As a Japanese artist, have you been particularly drawn to places of significance in your country’s recent imperial history. Or is everything an imprint of your imagination?
I didn’t know about the similar looking building in Taiwan and searched after I was asked this question. This building was near the apartment house I live. I heard it is an old public apartment house built for welfare to the poor people after the World War II.
What are some of your favorite Asian films?
KOREA: “Breathless” and CHINA: “The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters”.
What do you think about the standards of public art in Tokyo?
I am not interested in the public art in Tokyo. Many people here also do not care about the public art in Tokyo. I mean, it is low level, isn’t it?
Well, Japan is connected economically, but at a social and intellectual level, it’s disconnected from what is going on in Asia and the rest of the world.
I do not know correctly on what situation you are suggesting, however, I admit that Japan is disconnected besides economy. But I think there is no critical issue because the presence of internet will lift up the intellectual level. I believe that it will be getting much better in the future.
What exhibits will you be working on in 2014? Can you tell us anything?
In 2014, I will have a solo exhibition and join some group exhibitions. Also, I am ready to accept offers of exhibition abroad.
Lastly, any advice for any artists to better their work?
My advice to the other artists is that, they have to encounter numerous incidents, and experience, then to output from those experiences. I also recommend going to travel to [places] relevant to the artwork to help creation.
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